HELENA, MT - Darren Daulton, a former member of the Helena Phillies, has died at the age of 55 after a four-year battle with brain cancer, the Philadelphia Phillies announced on Sunday.
Selected in the 25th round of the 1980 MLB Amateur Draft by Philadelphia out of Arkansas City High School (AR), Daulton was assigned to the Helena Phillies where he made his professional debut. The team was in its third season as a minor league franchise and had made the playoffs for the first time the year before Daulton arrived in Helena. In 37 games in the Pioneer League, the left-handed hitting catcher hit .200 with 2 doubles, 10 RBI and 5 stolen bases. It was his first step to a long and successful career with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In the Major Leagues, Daulton debuted with the Phillies in 1983 and stayed with the big league club from 1985 to 1997. He was named an All-Star in 1992, 1993 and 1995 while also earning a Silver Slugger award in 1992. Though the Phillies finished in last place in the National League East in 1992, Daulton led the league in RBI with 109.
As a part of the 1993 Phillies, Daulton helped lead the Phillies charge to the National League Pennant, improbably toppling the Atlanta Braves before falling in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series.
During the 1997 season, Daulton was traded to Florida and was a key cog in the Marlins offense en route to the franchise's first World Series title, defeating the Indians in seven games. Over the course of the 1997 World Series, Daulton hit .389 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 RBI and 7 runs scored. He retired from baseball at the conclusion of the 1997 season.
Daulton was given a plaque on the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2010 for his 13 years with the team. He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and four children.
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